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Pet Visit Volunteers Needed - Winnebago County

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ORGANIZATION: Heartland Hospice

  • 50 people are interested

Volunteers are the HEART of Heartland Hospice! We are looking for pet/handler teams in Rockford/Winnebago County to enrich the lives of our hospice patients by providing companionship and meaningful interactions between animal and patient. Service hours are flexible and scheduled according to your availability and location. If you have a friendly canine that has a lot of love to give and spreads joy wherever she/he goes, this is the opportunity for you! If your dog is currently certified as a therapy animal through an approved, reputable organization, you can immediately apply to become a Heartland Hospice volunteer. If your dog is not certified as a therapy animal yet we will happily assist you with this process.

Once your pet is certified, you will be trained to become a Heartland Hospice volunteer. Qualifications of Pet Visit Volunteers: must be 18 years or older; agree to a background/reference check; have your pet certified in a pet therapy class or behavioral class and attend an orientation to learn more about the philosophy of hospice and our company, the role of the volunteer, and communicating with hospice patients and their families. Volunteer hours are flexible and opportunities are scheduled according to personality/needs of patient and volunteer, location, and availability. Please contact ProMedica Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Pam Carr at (815)397-3691, or Pamela.WardCarr@heartlandhospice.com for more information about this opportunity.

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About Heartland Hospice


6000 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61107, US

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to improve your health and well-being.


Heartland Hospice volunteers offer support, companionship and practical, compassionate help. Some interact directly with patients and families. Others prefer to work behind the scenes in the office setting. As a volunteer, you help determine which tasks you’re best suited to perform. The tasks of volunteers include:

  • Helping with office support tasks at the agency
  • Running errands for patients and families
  • Staying with patients so family members can get a much-needed rest
  • Reading, or providing a comforting touch
  • Playing or singing soothing music to patients
  • Keeping vigil with patients in their final hours

These and other tasks are why hospice volunteers are such an essential part of the Heartland experience.


Health & Medicine
Animals, Health & Medicine, Seniors


We'll work with your schedule.


Heartland Hospice6000 E. State StreetRockford, IL 61108



  • People Skills
  • Elder care
  • Animal Therapy
  • Hospice Care
  • Relationship Building


  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Flexible - based on your availability

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